Fair Couture, by Women for Women: The Fabric Social Partner Spotlight

Threads to change the world — words that perfectly encompass the social enterprise and ethical fashion brand, The Fabric Social (TFS). Created in 2014 by three female entrepreneurs, the brand provides income stability for women living in conflict communities in Asia. Every piece is hand-made and fabrics hand-woven by women for women. TFS ethos stems from a passion for gender rights and the understanding that gender inequalities are higher in areas where women have little to no participation in civil society.  

With producer partners in India and Myanmar, the brand utilizes traditional fabrics from each subsequent region, tapping into pre-existing skills and local supply chains. Wherever you find armed conflict, displacement, natural disaster or poverty, you find resilient women trying to put their communities back together. Thus, TFS core social goal is to lift the burden of poverty from women and their families.

Their stock list consists of featured collections all centered around quality made, nearly seasonless, transitional pieces for women. Valuing style over trends has led them to create collections that are not only made to wear and love but that also come with a traceable supply chain. All clothing and accessories are made at a fair price in safe labour conditions by women living in insecure locations.

We got the opportunity to sit down with Megan Schipp from TFS to talk about how the brand is pioneering a new wave of economic independence not dependent on charity.

1. What was the inspiration behind The Fabric Social and what is your proudest moment thus far?

Poverty is cause of conflict and conflict a cause of poverty. TFS is an organization built on feminist values and the desire to raise equality levels for women living in conflict affected areas of Asia by providing a stable income. It was born out of the realization that traditional development structures were not working in these regions where women had little connection to international markets. We’ve had a lot of proud moments in the last couple of years. Our proudest would be the ability to expand our production to another facility in Myanmar through a partnership with Action Aid and the creation of a women run production unit in Mizoram, India.

2. In which direction do you see the future of ethical brands going? And how do you see the future of your own brand?

We see ethics as eventually becoming the norm, so much that it’s no longer a selling point but an expectation or requirement. People are becoming more aware of what’s going in their body and on their body. We hope to keep growing and replicating our style and philosophy around the world, working with women living in other conflict affected areas and telling their stories through our supply chains.

3. How do you as a brand ensure ethical production and transparency throughout your supply chain?

From worm to weave, we are connected to every aspect of our supply chain. We know the women that rear the eri-silk worms, the women who spin the threads and the women who weave the fabrics. We partner only with organisations who share the same values and conduct basic needs assessments and evaluations at the beginning of each project. The only part of our supply chain where we don’t know each women by name is the production which is done by Sasha World in Kolkata. However, Sasha is World Fair Trade Organization certified and are then regularly audited by the WFTO who have high ethical standards for production.

4. Where can readers currently find your brand (cities)?

We sell online and will ship all over the world. If you want to check out our products in store, we are currently available in Melbourne, Australia.

5. What excites you about partnering with Kanekta?

We are excited about the ability to connect our designs with retail owners from all over the world who care about ethics and supporting women producer groups.

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To learn more about The Fabric Social and their story visit https://thefabricsocial.com/